SAGE delivered a new HMI, oven control system and two new cooling systems which gave Arnott’s Biscuits flexibility in their expanding production line.
Upgrades were achieved with no production loss and no downtime.
Adelaide, South Australia
With expansion into international markets and a subsequent demand to improve production at its Adelaide facility, Arnott’s required greater flexibility and speed of changeovers in their production lines. They wanted to be able to run any product in any line with ease. ‘Project Flex’ was their answer.
Part of the solution was in updating the outdated oven conveyor’s PLC hardware and HMI. An updated HMI system would improve the way operators could load new production orders, including a feature that allows different recipes to be stored, selected and produced on the same line.
A Recipe Management Page would enable each oven to store recipes with pre-programmed conveyor path, line speed set points and variables – thus allowing faster changeover and reduced margin for human error.
Arnott’s contracted SAGE Automation to complete the control systems upgrade which included removing obsolete PLC hardware and optimising the HMI according to Arnott’s specifications.
Specifically the upgrade included: an oven controls system upgrade for PLC and HMI and the installation of two new cooling systems for conveyors including reprogramming of PLC and HMI.
SAGE delivered the project under a tight schedule over four phases: